I bought a used car just over a month ago and I’ve already sunk almost a thousand dollars’ worth of repairs in it. First the air conditioner stopped working and then the radiator started leaking. Now I’m distraught and terrified to admit the awful truth: my car might just be injury-prone. And so, with my mind in a dark place, it was only natural that my thoughts turned to Tyrus Thomas’s contract. Like my used car, Thomas didn’t come with a warranty, broke down almost immediately, and made everyone involved wish the he’d never happened. Will my used car avert the same terrible fate as Thomas? Or will I end up not even bothering to take it with me when I go on road trips and eventually paying someone else to just take it off my hands?
In order to answer these questions, I need to see if there are any differences in the way I bought my car and the way the Bobcats signed Thomas. I swear I researched my car before I bought it—carfax.com, blue book, etc.—and I tell you it checked out. But maybe the Bobcats did with Thomas, too. My memory of the entire Thomas affair is that of an entirely ill-conceived nightmare vomited from the jaws of hell, scream-worthy from the outset. But maybe I’m just doing the old 20/20 hindsight thing, and maybe Thomas’s contract was a good idea that unexpectedly went from Mr. Chips to Scarface.